I have heard bible teachers point out the benefits of memorizing Scripture. I've even agreed with them, but I never took the time. I was never good at memorization in school and if I was to commit to it as an adult, I knew it would take discipline and patience.
Unexpected expenses hit hard this year. I spent more than a few days and nights worrying about meeting obligations. This worry robbed me of joy until I found this Scripture verse. "Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Matthew 6:26. I wish I'd had that verse memorized. It would have saved me several sleepless nights.
Memory verses are useful for more than emotional comfort. A verse can keep us on the right track and prevent us from many mistakes. The psalmist says he has stored God's word in his heart so that he will not sin. (Psalm 119:11)
Paul wrote to Timothy that all of God's word is true and is our source of guidance through all kinds of life experience. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Jesus modeled the use of Scripture to resist temptation, when he was tempted three times by Satan.(Matthew 4:1-11) Each time, he quoted Scripture to rebuke the devil.
- Pray that God would implant his word in your heart and help you to remember and recall it when needed.
- Begin with a simple verse. Study it, until you are certain you understand its meaning.
- Include the book and verse number, such as John 3:16. This will be helpful in the future when you are looking for a particular reference.
- Recite it out loud.
- Write it down. Write it on a card you can put in your pocket. Write it on the inside cover of your bible. Post it on your refrigerator or on the bathroom mirror.
- Tweet it.
- Repeat it. Sing it to the tune of a familiar song.
- Use the verse aloud or silently at appropriate times during the day.
- Review. Write it in a notebook and review it after you have moved on to memorizing other verses.
- Create games with family members or friends, such as 'fill in the blank.'
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your ____ and with all your ____ and with all your ______." Deuteronomy 6:5
"You shall love your ______ as yourself." Matthew 22:39
These are a few suggestions I have found. You may have other helpful methods given by Sunday school teachers or pastors.
Repeat God's word to your children. Talk about it when you are at home or on the road, when you go to bed and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:7)
Hide God's word in your heart. Save yourself hours of worry and stress with the reminder of his love, keeping your eyes on the one who created you and who cares for you.
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